Fifth Gear Europe (partially found footage of European Discovery Channel television series; 2009)
Fifth Gear Europe was a European television show broadcast throughout 2009 on the European versions of the Discovery Channel, in addition to German television channel DMAX, the latter's airings occurring over the Summer of that year. Despite being designed for the European market, it was filmed and broadcast in English, much like its parent show Fifth Gear.
Fifth Gear premiered in the UK on Channel 5 in April of 2002. In 2008, after debuting on German television channel DMAX, it was decided that the program was to expand into Mainland Europe in order to compete with the BBC's Top Gear, which had had massive worldwide success, and film crews were spotted by Swedish blogger Soren Fjellstedt in October that year. Presenters Tom Ford and Jonny Smith were retained from the British version of the show, and were joined by various automotive journalists from Europe such as Tim Schrick, Frank Jacobs and Anette Latva Piikkilä. Of these, Jacobs would upload segments featuring himself to Youtube in 2015 and feature them on his personal website, although these were later privatized. It would then premiere in the Netherlands on the 21st of February, 2009.
In total, ten episodes of Fifth Gear Europe were produced. In its original airing territory of The Netherlands and later on in Germany, it appears two episodes aired on the same night each week, as the 5th episode had already aired by the 7th of March, 2009. The show also premiered in Norway on the 28th of March, 2009.
|Episode||Dutch Airdate||German Airdate||Synopsis|
|1||21/02/2009||22/07/2009||Formula Off-Road, Porsche Cayman vs. Audi TT-S, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé.|
|2||21/02/2009||22/07/2009||The new VW Golf, ZIL limousine, KTM X-Bow.|
|3||28/02/2009||29/07/2009||Maserati Quattroporte, Citroen C1, tractor pulling, Bruno Senna.|
|4||28/02/2009||29/07/2009||Citroen Conservatory, Think City electric car, bio-diesel.|
|5||07/03/2009||05/08/2009||Volvo XC60, Citroen C4 off-road toughness test, Paris Motor Show, Fiat 500 Abarth.|
|6||Unknown||05/08/2009||Infiniti G37, Colorado RS concept car, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.|
|7||Unknown||12/08/2009||Ferrari California, VW Scirocco vs. BMW 125i, Dacia: The new "people's car"?|
|8||Unknown||12/08/2009||Toyota Landcruisers modified by Arctic Trucks, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Spyker.|
|9||Unknown||19/08/2009||The new Porsche 911, largest dealership in Europe, Renault Twingo power test, Gallery Aaldering.|
|10||Unknown||19/08/2009||The new Ford Ka, Rinspeed concept cars, the new Lancia Delta, Abu Dhabi F1 circuit.|
Fifth Gear Europe appears to have re-aired on DMAX and in the Netherlands on the Dutch Discovery Channel as recently as 2012. Of the 10 episodes, only a handful of clips remain of Fifth Gear Europe. At one point in time, they were available for viewing on Amazon Prime, however, the service has since lost the license to this series. As a result, the show is now considered lost due to its short run, lack of syndication and lack of home video media.
- Fernsehserien - Fifth Gear (including Europe spin-off). Retrieved 04 May '20
- BBC News article on 5th Gear. Retrieved 26 Apr '20
- Wunschliste - Fifth Gear (including Europe spin-off). Retrieved 04 May '20
- Discovery Press Web article on Fifth Gear Europe. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Norwegian "Klikk" news article on Fifth Gear Europe. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Soren Fjellstedt's blog containing information on Fifth Gear Europe's filming schedule. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Classique Promotions - Jonny Smith. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Frank Jacobs' Website - Fifth Gear Europe. Retrieved 04 May '20
- YouTube - Fifth Gear Europe Trailer. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Siebenbuerger - Information on Fifth Gear Europe re-airings. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Krantenbank Zeeland - Scanned TV Guide for the 14th of July, 2012. Retrieved 04 May '20
- Amazon Prime - Fifth Gear Europe. Retrieved 04 May '20